To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. - Ecc. 3
El Yunque, Puerto Rico
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
when not to play with fire
I'm listening to the silence between your words And it speaks to me in volumes The meaning of your carefully crafted sentences is shattered by unforgiving white space bursting to the point of breaking with aged emotion. Like a mountain climber your tongue searches for steady footholds Preferring the fine dust of sturdy weather-beaten rock to the texture of the skin on the back of my neck See, I have a hard time keeping my heart off my sleeve But your intentional avoidance exposes me to the possibility of turning my heart into that dusty rockface And I'd rather hide it than let it play in the white canyons between your words Exposed to the elements of raw emotion Yours is a silence that hums and I will not harmonize No matter how much I love to sing.
Refuse to fall down. If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down. If you cannot refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven, and like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled, and it will be filled. You may be pushed down. You may be kept from rising. But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven-- only you. It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear. The one who says nothing good came of this, is not yet listening. - C.P. Estes, Ph.D.
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